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Looking for a great way to get out with a customer, but you don’t golf? Why not take them four wheeling!
That’s right: Get away with a customer or prospect for some quality one-one-one time. While it requires a bit more planning than a round of golf, a trek into the back country could prove to be quite the experience.
No need to limit yourself to customers, either. Think vendors (suppliers), prospects and employees. You can use an off-road jaunt as part of a team-building exercise or as a reward for your sales staff. You and your staff could have a lot of fun with this. How many businesses let their employees go romping on the trails as a reward for a job well done?
Dune flags are quite popular nowadays. You’ll see all colors and styles, including the American flag, pirate flags, checkerboard flags, rebel flags, “Don’t Tread on Me”, and many others. While the driver may be making a statement with his flag, there is a distinct purpose for the flags, as well.Be seen in your Jeep with a new Jeep Wrangler top from ExtremeTerrain
Those flags add an element of safety to the sport of four wheeling. Strange as it may seem, collisions do occur in wide open expanses we four-wheelers drive on. Those flags help you see and be seen. This is especially true in hilly or dusty environments. Hills naturally block views. Climbing a hill or dune, you can’t see what’s on the other side. Is another vehicle coming toward you? Dust and sand are another problem. While a flag is quite small, if it’s bright orange or red, it often can be seen through the haze of dust. Plus, its height—perhaps six to eight feet above the ground—may place it above most or all of the dust. I’ve witnessed instances when the only thing you could see through the dusty cloud was a couple of flags. You’d be surprised just how low visibility gets on many trails at higher speeds. (BTW remember Tom’s rule: over 10 mph is “fast” off-road! That doesn’t mean we can’t go fast. Just that the dynamics change.) An added benefit is that by watching the flags of the vehicles ahead, you can get an idea of the terrain. If you see the flags bobbing up and down, that tells you may be headed for some whoop-dee-doo. Related to that, it’s easier to keep track of the vehicles behind you if they have flags. While in the lead vehicle, I typically can see back at most up to three vehicles. But I can see upwards of a half dozen flags waving behind me. Although the vehicles in my trips are always in radio contact, I also glance in my mirror or over my shoulder frequently to check on the other vehicles progress. Not all drivers travel at the same speed on unfamiliar or difficult terrain. It’s a comforting feeling to look back and see all those flags trailing along knowing the group is together. At the same time, it’s easier for those in the pack to see the lead vehicle. I recommend that the lead vehicle use a distinctive banner so everyone can spot the vehicle. Vehicles can disappear for a short period while going through brush or down a hill. And, as mentioned before, the dune flag might be seen through or above the dust when its vehicle is not.Rules, specifications for dune flags
Generally speaking, you aren’t required to use a dune flag while driving off road. The one exception is on public lands containing sand dunes. The Bureau of Land Management requires banners be solid red or orange in color, at least six inches by 12 inches, and placed such that at least part of the banner is within 10 inches of the top of the whip. BLM a considers a whip to be any pole, rod or antenna mounted on the vehicle that extends at least eight feet from the surface of the ground. It must stand upright when the vehicle is stationary.
Higher quality dune flags and banners (with a pole) usually run about $12 to $15. They can be purchased at any ATV shop, and in most stores and gas stations near off-road areas. As mentioned above, you can use an antenna or most any other whip-like object. You don’t need to buy the unit. Just adhere to BLM’s rules if you’re driving in dunes. One thing you’ll notice is that the flag or banner doesn’t last long if you use it frequently. Wind, rain, dust and the sun take their toll. My flags tend to fray and fade after about one year. The rod or whip might snap on you, especially if you drive a lot in brushy or wooded areas.<br /><br />How to attach a flagBecause there are so many different styles of vehicles, it would be difficult for the manufacturers of dune flags to design a universal mounting bracket. Instead, the rod or pole comes embedded in a ½-inch bolt. You need to drill a hole for the bolt; a bumper or other sturdy surface might work. If you use your flag frequently a quick disconnect is handy. You can purchase flags with a quick disconnect or you can build one from an air fitting. Some Jeep owners tuck the pole against the inside hinge of the tailgate. Closing the tailgate keeps the pole upright and secure. You may need to tinker with your dune flag pole, but you should be able to come up with some way to secure it. Flags serve a very important safety function in four wheeling. They also allow drivers to express themselves a bit. I encourage you to attach a flag to your vehicle and to use it frequently off-road.Be Seen And Be Cool
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Redondo Beach, CA – Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc. is pleased to announce the schedule for the next Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer Course to be held in Southern California. The Tread Trainer course is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation. Once a participant becomes active in the Tread Trainer program he or she is equipped to present the Tread Lightly! message to other educators, clubs, employees, visitors, enthusiasts or community members. Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will become a Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer, receive a completion certification and become eligible for benefits provided through the Tread Trainer program. Successful completion requires participation in all course activities and teaching exercises of this one day course. Those who complete the Trainer course are equipped to:· Identify possible environmental and social impacts resulting from irresponsible recreation on land and water· Be able to describe the five Tread Lightly! minimum impact principles and how they can be applied to motorized recreation. (ATVs, 4WD, Dirt Bikes, water recreation, Snowmobiling), mechanized recreation (mountain bikes), camping, horseback riding and hunting.· Understand, demonstrate and teach Tread Lightly! minimum impact principles.· Lead a discussion on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic.Each attendee will receive educational materials including a Trainer Manual, Tread Lightly! Guide to Responsible Use, Tread Lightly! Education Curriculums, and Tread Trainer Power Point. Register now for the January 5th 2013 clinic: http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#TreadTread Lightly!Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. www.treadlightly.org Badlands Off-Road Adventures, IncBadlands Off-Road Adventures conducts training classes and tours for off-highway enthusiast of all skill levels. www.4x4training.com. ###
Redondo Beach, CA (Nov 15, 2012) – Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc. has released a “Winching Recovery Bandana” that contains all the information required for a winch recovery operation in a soft foldable format, which can be stuffed in to your recovery bag.
According to Tom Severin, President of Badlands Off-Road Adventures, “the bandana is a fantastic supplement to the Badlands Off-road Adventure’s Basic to Advanced Winching and Recovery DVD. The Bandana is packed full of useful information and is a quick reference in the field when you do not have a DVD player nor time to watch the full comprehensive 81 minute DVD.”
A winch is a useful off-road tool that can quickly become dangerous and potentially lethal to the operator and spectators. Proper use requires good working knowledge of safety procedures, safe riggings and inspection. Since winches are not used often, thorough training is a must to retain that knowledge. The Bandana serves as a quick reminder of the details learned in the training class and watching the DVD.